Social media creating generation of lonely and isolated children

By Greg Hurst


Taken from "World and press", July 2017, No 13/14.


Some children as young as six called youth helpline to talk about  their feelings of isolation.

More children are growing up feeling lonely as they spend increasing amounts of time online rather than playing with others their own age. Girls are  much more likely to complain of loneliness, with many saying that they feel unpopular when they see pictures and posts on social media sites of other children enjoying themselves.

Childline, the telephone help service for young people, revealed that it gave counselling to 4,063 children and teenagers last year to discuss feelings of isolation. Of these, five times as many involved girls as they did boys.


Some callers complained that social media had made them feel ugly and unpopular because they compared their lives with the posts and pictures uploaded by peers. Many children reported that they spent long periods online or alone in their bedrooms without talking to anyone, which aggravated their sense of isolation.

It was the first time that Childline had recorded separate figures for the number of calls and referrals linked to loneliness. The charity said that counsellors had noticed more and more children and teenagers calling in to say that they felt isolated, misunderstood or even invisible.


Some callers who complained of loneliness were as young as six. Counsellors said that children who felt isolated tended not to want to talk to their parents about it because they were worried about their reaction.

Although social media was identified as one of the factors behind the rise, others included difficulties with friendship, bereavement, illness or depression, eating disorders, bulling  and abuse.


The NSPCC, the children's charity that operate Childline, urged parents to make time to listen to their children at mealtimes or in settings where they would not be interrupted, such as a car journey, and not to overreact if what they heard was alarming.


Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: "The world is becoming increasingly complex to grow up in. It is therefore vital that children and teenagers have people around them, in particular parents, who can really open up to about how they are feeling."

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Be befriended with your child!

Do you know how your child live?

What he or she thinks?


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Comments: 20
  • #1

    Lindsey (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:53)

    Oh wow, I always think of how social media is affecting people in terms of adults. I don't usually think of how it would influence children as well. This was a very informative post.

  • #2

    Lisa Russo (Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:07)

    The world is definitely a different place to grow up in than it used to be. Thanks for the insightful post.

  • #3

    Jana Zimmermann (Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:10)

    Guten Morgen, ja, leider ist das so. Aber ich beobachte das auch bei Erwachsenen. Ein normales Gespräch ist ja teilweise gar nicht mehr möglich. Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Tag. Liebe Grüße Jana

  • #4

    The Yum List (Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:52)

    It's so important to teach our children not only how to be technology savvy, but how to comprehend and critically analyse what's on line.

  • #5

    Vika (Thursday, 20 July 2017 12:03)

    Очень полезная статья для родителей!

  • #6 (Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:04)

    Great sharing, babe! xoxo

  • #7

    Anita (Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:08)

    Great discover dear, it ' s really important that children isolated have link with another
    Have a very nice day

  • #8

    Mercy (Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:52)

    This is a good awareness and thanks for sharing. My kids love to be online that's why we try to control the length of time and what sites do they go. Great post!!!

  • #9

    Barbara (Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:18)

    I just think it all very sad. I’m so grateful I grew up before the advent of the Internet.

  • #10

    Isy (Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:30)

    Great post!

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  • #11

    Nataly (Thursday, 20 July 2017 21:51)

    Очень познавательный пост!

  • #12

    Nancy (Friday, 21 July 2017 12:58)

    Interesting topic. Logging out of Facebook often helps a lot.
    Have a pleasant friday.
    Nancy :)

  • #13

    Rena (Friday, 21 July 2017 15:02)

    Das ist sehr dramatisch, dass Kinder sich schon in einem so jungen Alter dermaßen alleine fühlen. Ich ich denke, dass ist in der Stadt noch wesentlich ärger, als auf dem Land. Danke, dass Du einmal mehr über so ein wichtiges Thema schreibst, wir sollten alle konstruktiv damit umgehen, um hier bessere Bedingungen für Kinder zu schaffen.
    Liebe Grüße, Rena
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  • #14

    Anna (Friday, 21 July 2017)

    Post is super. Naturally, now social networks now take a long time in the lives of children.
    This is a modern problem of society.

  • #15

    La cucina di Molly (Friday, 21 July 2017 17:59)

    Ho figli adulti ormai, ma vedo i miei nipotini molto interessati a Fb....Post molto interessante, buon fine settimana!

  • #16

    Label-Love (Friday, 21 July 2017 22:52)

    Hallo meine Liebe:)

    Mit deinem Post hast du den Nerv der Zeit wirklich getroffen;)) Alle Kids sind mittlerweile Social Media-süchtig;))

    Hab ein wundervolles Wochenende:)
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  • #17

    TiaMel (Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:08)

    Sehr interessanter Beitrag, der zum Nachdenken anregt.

    Lieber Gruß ♥

  • #18

    Linda (Monday, 24 July 2017 07:13)

    Such an insightful post! So true, often we don't realize how it affects children.

  • #19

    Beauty Unearthly (Monday, 24 July 2017 21:58)

    Very helpful post! x

  • #20

    Mercy (Thursday, 27 July 2017 07:34)

    This is such a great awareness, thanks dear for sharing!